12 August 2022
Corporate News

(Sun) flower power at Shotton steelworks


Tata Steel’s Shotton Works is trialing the use of a special type of bio-based diesel alternative in its on-site vehicles to reduce the site’s carbon footprint as part of its sustainability commitment.

The Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel is a low-carbon, low-emission, fossil-free and sustainable alternative to conventional diesel, made from 100% renewable raw materials.
Works Manager Bill Duckworth explained: “Switching to HVO is straightforward, as it can be used in conventional diesel engines. The bio-based liquid fuel comes from many kinds of vegetable oils such as rapeseed, sunflower and soybean, and offers a fossil-free alternative to conventional diesel.

“Not only does HVO offer us a 100% renewable diesel replacement, but it can reduce carbon emissions by 90% compared to traditional diesel, without any impact on vehicle reliability and performance.” 

Tata Steel’s Shotton Works took receipt of its first full delivery of HVO bio-based fuel at the beginning of July, and so far it has delivered on its promise of performance and reduced emissions.

Bill added: “Converting our onsite vehicles to HVO, alongside the introduction of electric vehicles, is another activity that helps towards our target of reducing our site CO2 emissions by 20% this year.”


Tata onsite vehicle using HVO fuel

















  • HVO fuel is a 100% renewable diesel. As a member of the paraffinic family of fuels, it is virtually chemically identical to regular diesel, allowing it to be used as a ‘drop-in’ alternative to red and white diesel, while reducing up to 90% of net CO2 emissions.

About Shotton

  • Shotton has recently announced a sustainability commitment and is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% this year alone
  • Shotton is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year
  • Shotton sells around 500,000 tonnes a year of premium steel products
  • Shotton produces a wide range of galvanised and pre-finished (painted) products using steel coil supplied from the integrated steelmaking site at Port Talbot
  • The Colorcoat® lines at Shotton use 11 million litres of paint each year, enough to cover the walls of 650,000  living rooms

Shotton steel is all around us

  • All 87 floors of The Shard in London are made from steel galvanised at Shotton. The building contains nearly 1,000 tonnes of steel processed in Shotton.
  • IKEA uses bespoke colours on its retail stores, to match its corporate identity. Shotton has produced ‘Ikea Blue and Ikea Yellow’ for many of these stores
  • The replacement roof at Victoria Station in London featured double-sided Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra®
  • Shotton’s Colorcoat® painted steel products and cladding systems were used in both the roof and wall cladding at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium



HVO Fuel


For further information: Tim Rutter on +44 (0)7850 990755 or tim.rutter@tatasteeleurope.com

About Tata Steel UK

  • The Tata Steel Group has been named one of the most ethical companies in the world, and is among the top producing global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. 
  • Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2050 at the latest, and to have reduced 30% of its CO2 emissions by 2030. 
  • Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. It also benefits from a network of international sales offices around the world.
  • Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes, supplying high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. 
  • Tata Steel Group is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world. 
  • The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $32.83 Bn in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.


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